Fantasy sports firm FanDuel confirms UK launch

Lesley Eccles, the co-founder of fantasy gaming firm FanDuel, has announced that the company is ready to expand beyond the US.

With an estimated 250 people working across its Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, Eccles announced that FanDuel will be launcing in the UK soon after a sustained period of growth in the US.

Speaking at Holyrood, she said: “We are looking at how we take this out of America and into other countries. It is clear we still have a lot of upside and growth.”

On cracking the American market, she said: “Fantasy football in America is part of the psyche, it is a way of life.

“The interesting thing about the marketplace was that it was static. It was ripe for disruption. We wanted to really shake things up."

She concluded: "I knew nothing about sports, I didn't even like football, football. We had a hell of a lot to learn.”

The expansion comes after the group raised $275m in series E funding back in July.

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